Each culture has its own unique set of codes that determine essential and “what it means” to be a man. “The ideal Indian man is selfish and proud, for, in a world bound to a role defined by his caste, group, class, and family, this is what it means to be a man. The ideal man in China, on the other hand, is defined by the situations in which he finds himself: he observes, takes a position from others, and acts prudently and strategically to ensure that he does not attract undue attention to himself. In the United States, the ideal man is infused with a sense of righteous purpose that can be recognized through the American Constitution, the central importance of law and freedom, the civil rights movement, and so on - he is a man on a mission. who treats honestly; he is ready to act and accept the consequences. In the UK, the ideal man is individualistic and moderate: he protects his privacy and remains aloof in respect of kindness, good manners, and the rules of social commitment. It is difficult for him to relate to the bold assertiveness of Indian or American men, although with his friends he appreciates the opportunity for sarcastic jokes “—cit. Kantar Group and affiliates.
Having said that, what does Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne consist of? Which stereotype of the ideal man was the famous French house inspired by? I came across this fragrance by accident. I was looking for another cologne, and I noticed this deal. The brand is not new to me, and I have had a few opportunities to try L’Homme Ideal and some of its flankers, and all of them are on my wish list. However, this Cologne flanker was unknown to me. Apart from the name that contains the word cologne, there is nothing like the classic hesperidated cologne. As soon as it comes into contact with my skin, it unfolds with a great blend of creamy nuttiness and citrus bitterness on one side and lovely sweetness on the other. There is a brilliant abundance of orange, bergamot, and grapefruit here. Not mentioned, I also have a morsel of spiciness, perhaps sparkling pink pepper., followed by a surprising touch of red, sanguine, passionate, bitter Campari. While not a clone, the opening reminds me of Allure Homme Édition Blanche Eau de Toilette Concentrée
. The citrus is prominent at first, but I don’t find it piercing or annoying at all.
In the heart, the creaminess of the neroli mixes with the bitterness of the almond. You know, almond is the keynote presentation in the entire L’Homme Ideal line; the original and all flankers have this nutty note. The almond grows and grows in the heart and creates this creamy thickness that balances the citrus. And neroli brings floral and salty vibes. The main phase is all about creamy citrus and almond soap.
In drying, clean vetiver comes into play, and if you’ve gotten to read my past reviews, you know I love vetiver in all its facets. On my skin, this vetiver produces a kind of incense-like smoke, balsamic and smoky, which I don’t mind at all. I know there is no tobacco in the pyramid, but there is something about the mixture that seems to create a sweet, slightly smoky tobacco accord. The almond and orange blend is still pounding in the background and gives a sort of dustiness, creamier and less close to iris or violet. The soft musk enhances the feeling of laundry.
Homme Ideal Cologne is a fresher flanker than the original Ideal, of course. It retains the almond and tonka bean backbone of the original and refreshes the scent with plenty of citrus and neroli. It’s a bright, fresh aromatic scent with some creamy almond qualities. It is a great version that they should have never eliminated. As for the seasons, late spring, summer, and early autumn fit perfectly; it’s a daytime fragrance for casual wear and the office.
I based my review on a 50ml bottle I have owned since May 2021 (batch 7z01, production date 2017-12).